Sunday night was bittersweet for Yellowcard fans. The guys who are currently on their farewell tour, hit the House of Blues in San Diego for their last show.
I made it inside just in time to catch Like Torches. Like Torches fits right in with the current wave of pop-punk bands absolutely killing the music scene right now. The guys sounded incredible and connected with the crowd so easily. Having a few fans of their own that were front and center, frontman Jonathan Kärn hopped into the crowd mid-set to say hello.
Yellowcard has been around for what seems like forever. It’s such an odd feeling to know that this will be the last Yellowcard tour we get. Everyone in the room was ready to hear those songs that framed our summers. The band hit the stage doused in beautiful lighting. The first notes to “Believe” began and the crowd lost their shit. The song was followed with “Lights and Sounds” and “Way Away” to the tune of everyone in attendance. It’s like we were back in 2003. Frontman Ryan Key brought his A game and what’s funner that watching Sean Mackin on stage? They took fans on a journey through their catalog and finally ended with Holly Wood Died. The applause of gratitude were almost deafening and it wasn’t too long before the guys were back on stage again for their encore. The guys hit us with a one-two punch of “Only One” and “Ocean Avenue.” It was glorious. I remember going to my first Warped Tour, in I think 2004 and seeing Yellowcard on the stage. They were as incredible then as they are now. It was such a bittersweet treat to get to see Yellowcard one last time, though I will admit something to me doesn’t feel as final. Super grateful to Yellowcard for all the memories and here’s to hoping my hunch is correct and I some how get to catch them one last time.